Enforcement and Inspection

As today’s workplace becomes more complex, regulation of that workplace increases. In this section, you’ll find the practical advice you need to understand exactly what OSHA, other federal agencies, and their state counterparts, require of you, and to comply in the ways that best satisfy both your and their needs. Look also for important court decisions, advice on how to handle enforcement actions, and news of upcoming changes in workplace health and safety law.

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Fatality Investigation Reveals Missing Guards at Wisconsin Plant

How did a lathe operator become entangled in the operating spindle of the equipment while hand-polishing a long metal cylinder? Keep reading to find out what happened and why OSHA responded to this fatality with a significant fine.

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OSHA Proposes Whopping Fine for Manufacturer, Staffing Agency

OSHA has been adamant in its insistence that employers and staffing agencies share responsibility for temporary worker protection. Get the latest on a big-dollar case with wide-ranging implications.

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Keys to Effective Safety Observations

Behavioral observations are a tool to improve safety performance and enhance employee engagement. If it’s been a while since you assessed your observation program and methods, you’ll want to keep reading for a proven method from safety expert Shawn Galloway.

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OSHA: IL Roofing Contractor Shows ‘Callous Disregard’ for Safety

On July 29, 2016, OSHA issued citations to a roofing contractor for two willful, two repeated and six serious safety violations. The agency opened an inspection on May 18, 2016, after inspectors observed five roofers working at a height of 13 feet (ft) without adequate fall protection. In this case, the contractor faces proposed penalties of $89,100.

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Now Harley-Davidson Settles Defeat-Device Allegation

Following the $14.7 billion penalty leveled against Volkswagen®, EPA’s $12 million settlement with Harley-Davidson, Inc., over the company’s alleged sale of illegal defeat devices for use on its motorcycles, is a significant enforcement action that highlights the government’s militant stance against vehicle manufacturers it asserts are violating the Clean Air Act (CAA).

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Report Identifies Serious Concerns at California Refinery

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) has released its final report into multiple chemical releases at the Tesoro Refinery in Martinez, California. Get details here, including revealing findings about safety culture.

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OSHA Launches Expedited Whistleblower Pilot Program

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) is launching a new pilot process in its Western region. The “Expedited Case Processing Pilot” allows a complainant covered by certain statutes to ask OSHA to cease its investigation and issue findings for the DOL’s Office of Administrative Law Judges to consider.

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OSHA: Actions of Auto Parts Company Must Come to a Screeching Halt

OSHA’s inspection of an Auburn, Alabama, automobile parts manufacturer concluded that both permanent and temporary employees faced serious danger. Keep reading to find out what action the agency took, and why you need to be vigilant about protecting temporary workers.

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EHS on Tap: Paying the Price with OSHA’s New Penalties

For the first time in 25 years, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA, is increasing its penalty amounts. Employers could face civil penalties 78 percent greater than before. In an effort to boost compliance and deter safety violations, employers must demonstrate their commitment to safety… or pay the price.

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OSHA Calls on Philadelphia Construction Companies to Prevent Falls

A spate of fall incidents in the greater Philadelphia area prompted OSHA to call on the region’s construction companies to ensure that their employees have and use proper equipment when required to protect them from work-related falls.

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